Lagos outlines plans to grow sand mining sector
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – LAGOS State Government has restated its commitment to ensure internationally accepted standards in the sand mining industry in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Iyabode Obasa, stated this while receiving the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Evaluation of mining sites and document from companies intending to operate across the three mining zones in the state.
Obasa disclosed that the ministry would ensure that miners in the state operated according to the laid down regulations that would ensure sustainable development in the state .
She said to obtain this mining standard, the ministry had to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment, assess proposed mining sites and evaluate document submitted by mining companies in the three axis (Ikorodu, Epe-Ibeju lekki-Ajah, and Badagry).
“In furtherance of the ministry’s mandate in ensuring a sustainable mining operation, a clinical review of mining methods and its impacts, taking stock of degraded area as well as putting in place a restoration plan is ongoing by the Ministry,” she said.
Obasa further noted that the objectives of the mining site assessment and evaluation was also to locate and delineate the extent of land degradation at mining sites, develop a sustainable and specific restoration plan for the identified areas, initiate and develop land use programme for the identified area such as fish farming, agricultural cultivation, coconut plantation and landscaping.
“It is also meant to identify the derivable impact of the exercise on affected communities as well as develop mining methods and proper documentation that will ensure sustainable development.”
Representatives of miners from Ikorodu, Lekki-Ajah and Badagry Area of Lagos attend the event Obasa presided over.
– CAJ News
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